Our daughter, who was a teenager at the time, had a question for me. “Dad, Mom graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas State University. Did you graduate Summa Cum Laude or Magna Cum Laude?” I replied, “Are you kiddin’ me? I graduated Magna Cum Barely. I graduated in the half of the class that made the top half possible.”
Such were my qualifications for making it in the real world. I was a young man who was not especially bright. Also, I was functionally illiterate as well as lacking in people skills. I was pretty much "least likely to succeed."
Fortunately, a college counselor took care of my reading deficiency by requiring that I take remedial reading. She completely changed my life. I became, and am, a voracious reader.
In the people skills department, a mentor gave me some much needed help. He directed me toward books and authors who could improve my communication and people skills. It was not that I was rude or unkind. It was just that I felt inept at connecting with people. He introduced me to basic People Connectors.
It was all so exciting and life changing that, when given the opportunity, I became an instructor for a well know course in public speaking and human relations. I taught thousands of professionals from diverse backgrounds how to connect with others through effective communication. I also taught them how to speak publicly.
From this foundation, I built a successful speaking business. Virtually and onsite I share with others what I have learned in the "school of hard knocks" and from tens of thousands of hours of research and travel. With humor, relevant stories and lots of practical takeaway, People Connectors have for 30 years equipped C-level executives, educators, administrators, salespeople, business people, governmental leaders and organizations of all types and sizes for the task of building successful teams and organizations. My communication expertise has taken me to 25 countries and most of the United States. And, though I've not been everywhere, it's on my list. Why? Because wherever I go personally or virtually I feel a burning passion to share what I believe to be one of our greatest needs personally, professionally, organizationally and socially. People Connectors!
National Speakers Association
2014 - 2021
NSA - North Texas
2014 - 2021
NSA-NT - Charbonneau Speaker Academy Coordinator
2015 - 2016
Dale Carnegie - Instructor for the Customer Service & Human Relations/Public Speaking Courses
1985 - 1990
San Antonio Business Journal
1990 - 2000 Monthly Leadership Columnist
Author of Five Leadership Books
1997 - Present